It’s no April Fools Joke. Country music legend Loretta Lynn is gearing up to celebrate her 87th birthday this April 14th, and on April 1st, many of country music’s finest will be coming together to show tribute to the Coal Miners Daughter in a massive concert and birthday party at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This was the announcement coming out of a press conference from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville Monday (1/14), where Loretta Lynn made a rare public appearance after suffering a stroke and a fall recently.
Garth Brooks also helped announce the tribute, and will perform on April 1st along with Alan Jackson, Brandy Clark, George Strait, Jack White, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Margo Price, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Pistol Annies, Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, and many more to be announced as artists wanting to show their appreciation for Loretta line up to play.
When asked at the press conference how she was feeling, Loretta Lynn responded, “I feel great. I feel great!” while appearing to be in good spirits (see video of the press conference below).
The country music Hall of Famer suffered a mild stroke on May 5th, 2017. While recovering, Loretta Lynn began making public appearances again, including at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Alan Jackson on October 22nd, 2017. But then on January 8th, 2018, Loretta suffered another health setback after falling and fracturing her hip. Loretta canceled her only tour date in 2018, and has since been mostly out of the public spotlight.
When asked if she would be performing any duets with the assembled performers at the upcoming birthday tribute, Loretta Lynn answered, “No, I come to listen,” which leaves it uncertain if Loretta will perform at all, at the tribute, or in the foreseeable future. Loretta has no tour dates or other appearances booked at the moment. Of course Loretta Lynn has contributed more than her fair share to the legacy of country music whether she ever sings another note publicly. But devoted Loretta fans hold out hope that she will be able to perform once again.
The good news is when she was asked if she’s writing, Lynn responded, “I’ve done quite a bit. I want to get back into it real good though, like I used to write. I used to write all the time. Now, I’m just writing when I want to, which is not good. ‘Cause I don’t want to (laughing).”
Loretta Lynn released her most recent album Wouldn’t It Be Great on September 28th, 2018. It comes from upwards of 90 songs that Lynn recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio over the previous years in preparation of regular releases from Sony Legacy Recordings.